The Visually Impaired Person Tag

Text reads some faqs and answers on life with low vision. Image below is a photo of me and text to the left reads the visually impaired person tag.

In this post I want to share my answers to the questions in the Visually impaired person tag. You can watch the video below or read on to view my answers. Here is a small glimpse of what life is like when you have low vision.

What medical condition caused you to be blind or visually impaired?

I have Retinopathy of Prematurity. The blood vessels in my eyes did not develop correctly and as a result my retinas had issues. The retina in my right eye completely detached leaving me completely blind in that eye. Doctors managed to save the retina in my left eye and I am thankful to God to have some limited vision in that eye.

  1.  In 3 words, describe your vision? 

Three words that describe my vision are variable, unfocussed and blurry. My ability to see changes depending on lighting. I am unable to see details and things seem out of focus to me. I get blurry vision when I am in very bright lighting especially white lights and very bright sunlight

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3. What is the hardest thing to do being blind or visually impaired?

The hardest thing is dealing with all of the misconceptions that still exist regarding the blind and visually impaired community. I hope to bring awareness and break down those misconceptions. I also find it frustrating when people address the person accompanying a blind or visually impaired person and disregard the other person because they are visually impaired or blind. 

4. What is the best part about being blind or visually impaired?

I would say that it is about being part of a supportive community where people can relate to each other and also living life a little differently. 

5. What question do you get asked most about or because of your vision? 

I get a lot of questions about my glasses because they are very thick.

6. Do you have a cane, a guide dog or neither?

I use a white cane when I am out on my own.

 7. What one piece of advice would you give to someone who is losing,| going to lose, or has lost their vision?

I would say learn as much as you can and asking for help is not a sign of weakness.

8. What is one piece of advice you would you give to a sighted person about interacting with a person who is blind or visually impaired?

Address the blind or visually impaired person directly when they are with a companion. 

9.Why did you join YouTube?

I want to share my experiences to hopefully be an encouragement to others. 

10. Name 3 people to do this tag.

I put this out there to anyone reading this who is blind or has low vision to share their story.  

Reflections: Thanking God for 35 Years

This is a photo of me. I am wearing a short sleeve black shirt with a long coral skirt. I have a black headband with a flower on it. Text on image reads Thank you God for 35 years

I have been doing some reflecting as I complete my 35th year on this earth. When I stop to think about it I realize what a journey it has been. I am so thankful to God for how far he has brought me. I would not be here without his love and grace. 

Early years

I was born 3 months early weighing 1 pound and 6 ounces. I almost died 3 times as a newborn. As a result of my premature birth I have an eye condition called Retinopathy of prematurity. Blood vessels in my eyes did not develop correctly and my retina detached in my right eye leaving me completely blind in that eye. Doctors managed to save the retina in my left eye and I have some limited vision in that eye. I have had several eye operations during my younger years but I thank God for the vision I have left. 

God’s faithfulness and grace

I was raised in church from birth and I got saved at a young age at a Christian camp. My journey to truly understanding the gospel was in fact a long one. I was saved young but I still was not completely sure of my salvation. It was in 2019 that I truly understood salvation was a gift I could not earn and that I just had to receive it. It was April 25, 2019. I am thankful to God for saving me and forgiving me of my sin.

Through the years

I found myself feeling a little behind in life at this age when I started to compare myself to others but I must not go down that road. I must instead stop and thank God for all he has done for me. I am thankful to be healthy, I am thankful for my family and I am thankful for all the experiences I have had through the years. This has made me who I am today. I am thankful that God has helped me to grow closer to him as each year goes by and that really is the most important thing at the end of it all. 

The years ahead

I will trust God with the years ahead and leave it in his hands. I hope to keep working hard on my blog and poetry and videos as I hope to be self-employed in the future. I hope to keep God first in my life. I know God will be by my side each day.

My Fitness Update (June 2021)

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Well, the time has come for me to give an update on how far I have come when it comes to my fitness goals. I had hoped to exercise each day starting in January but I did not meet that goal. The truth is that I have only recently started exercising more frequently in june. 

I have started walking for 15 minutes following the Walk at Home program. I enjoy it and I find that it gives me more energy the more that I consistently walk. 

I have also been more aware of the amount of calories I take in each day. I did some research to get an idea of how many calories I should be eating each day. I use the My Plate app to help me track what I eat. I am not very concerned with accurate calorie count because I am not using this for weight loss but it helps me have a rough idea of how much i take in. This has made me pay more attention to what I eat and helps me not to over do it. 

I hope to exercise more often this second half of 2021. I want to work up to the 2-mile Walk at Home program in the coming months. I will give you an update on how it goes for me at the end of the year. These are tips that help me and if you want to become more fit i recommend you to speak to your doctor and do your own research to find what will work best for you. What is your favorite way to exercise? 

My Journey to Learn Greek (Part 2)

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I became interested in the Greek language a few years ago. I started my journey to learn the language back then but I ran into some road blocks and kind of gave up.

I have recently resumed my study of the Greek language. My goal is to learn modern Greek as well as Koine Greek which is what the New Testament of the Bible is written in,. Koine is not that different, it is an older version of the Greek language the way old english is to modern English.

I found a great audio version of the New Testament read in Greek. The reader does a good job at reading it at a good pace where I can follow along and hear every word. Here is the playlist.

I am still at the early stages so what I do now is that I read one chapter in English then I read it in Greek. I have made it through the book of John.

I use a screen reader that converts text to speech or audiobooks because I am not able to see regular print. It has been interesting to learn a language only using audio.

I can see large print but my one useful eye gets tired after a short period of time.

I have also found this helpful playlist with lessons on learning Greek using the Bivle.

I will try to update you on my journey and if I improve. I find that my background as helped me understand some Greek words. Stay tuned to see how far I get.

Reflections: Mornings with God Lead to Better Days

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Starting your morning the correct way will go a long way in helping you to have a good day. This is true for me. I am a Christian, and my idea of a good morning includes time with God. I recently listened to a great sermon on this topic and I want to pass it along to you.

I usually start my mornings by praying and putting my day in God’s hands. I like to try to pray as soon as I wake up because it is still quiet. I have to work on waking up early. I usually try to wake up at about 8 AM but I am trying to wake up a little earlier to pray. 

I usually try to read my Bible while I eat breakfast but lately I have been reading it afterwards. I use the Blue Letter Bible app to track my daily Bible reading. This year I am going through a plan that takes you through the Bible in one year and you read from the Old Testament and the New Testament each day.I am currently at the end of the book of Ezra and have completed John. I have read the Bible in order from start to end before but it is interesting to read passages from the old and new testaments each day. 

I find that I tend to listen to music at night, not in the morning. I want to listen to more worship music. I still struggle with my music choices at times. 

I think this sermon is great advice on how to start off your day. Starting your day off with God will help you face any challenges that may arise throughout the day. 

Sunrise at dawn.
Text reads seek God first
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Psalm 63:1 KJV — A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah. O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;